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How to Host the Ultimate Fall Party

Are you a professional hostess or a newbie party planner? Even if you are a seasoned entertainer, there’s something slightly different about throwing a fall or Halloween shindig versus hosting Thanksgiving dinner or a holiday party. Here are our tips for creating the ultimate fall themed get-together:

Harvest Party

This type of gathering tends to be impromptu and can even be kid-friendly, if so desired. Think backyard bonfire, with friends and family, all gathered around engaging in lively conversation while sipping homemade spiced apple cider. Both casual and fun, it’s one of the best ways to enjoy the change in seasons!

Keep party prep simple by serving food buffet style on a kitchen island, countertop or folding table. Encourage guests to mingle by setting up mobile bar carts and coolers outside. Once the bonfire kicks off, be sure you have plenty of blankets and makeshift seating so your guests can cozy up and stargaze. Consider a make-your-own-chili bar with all the fixings. Start with a few different chili bases such as vegetarian, beef or turkey, then offer loads of toppings your guests can go wild with. And what bonfire is complete without tasty s’mores? Whether it’s an adult-only affair or family friendly, everyone will enjoy roasting marshmallows to create the perfect Fall-inspired dessert. If you want to provide some entertainment, a pumpkin carving contest is a unique way to get those creative juices flowing!

Game-Day Gathering

What’s more fall than football? Game-day gatherings are all about casual comfort and camaraderie. Sport your favorite teams colors, whether college or pro, and get ready to cheer your team on to victory!

Ensure your guests are comfortable and the environment is relaxed by setting up ample seating, even if that means pulling extra chairs from bedrooms or the home office. Oversized pillows, ottomans, cushions and blankets can also help turn your family room into a television viewing mecca. Really step it up a notch by having a radio tuned into the game in the kitchen so no one misses a second of the pigskin action. An easy food option is constructing a build your own taco station. Grab some tortillas, hard shelled tacos and all the fillers (served on plastic plates in your team’s colors, of course). Margaritas and beer really compliment this meal. Impress your guests by having your team’s fight song or other “hype” tunes at the ready following touchdowns. For die-hard fans, be sure to have the pre-game coverage on prior to kick-off.

Halloween Hoopla

Hosting a Halloween bash doesn’t have to be scary! Whether you’re leaning toward a sophisticated soiree or an over-the-top ghoulish gathering, party planning is a cinch.

Arrange snack and beverage stations strategically throughout your home, along with plenty of tray and side tables, as guests will likely spend the majority of the evening standing while showing off their costumes. Stagger seating throughout your home and near a bar cart, or food table for those who want to sit down to eat and converse. If this will be a family affair, scour Pinterest for clever family coordinated costume ideas. Otherwise, try to think outside the box and surprise your attendees with the most clever or unique getup. Of course, no Halloween party is complete without creepy cookies, caramel corn, pumpkin-flavored craft beer and a cauldron filled with Witch’s Brew!

So tell us, which type of fall shindig do you plan on hosting this season?